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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The Do Over

We’ve all made mistakes and I’ve made many. In fact, I’ve made so many I am getting proficient at fixing them, covering up their trail of destruction and moving forward in the hopes of not repeating them.

One thing I’ve learned from my mistakes is the Do Over. That sometimes it’s not good enough to clean up the mess. Better to start over and get it right.

The Do Over is a hard lesson but oh so valuable, especially when it relates to your stereo system. If you’ve started out with that perfect set of loudspeakers before following it with some poor choices in electronics and cables, I have always found it preferable—though painful—to start over instead of trying to fix the problem.

When we choose active room correction, warm-cables to soften harsh-electronics, blocks and magic discs to quiet power supplies, we’re often aiding and abetting a failed set of purchases.

Sometimes we haven’t a choice. Economics, room restrictions, and any number of hurdles get in our way.

But, given enough freedom, it’s often better to go for The Do Over than the Band-Aid.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

I sure don’t want to change my audio system, although if we move, because of the size of my current loudspeakers, augmented by my Daedalus BOW Subwoofers, this may have to happen. Even my pair of Rogue Apollo Dark tube monoblock amps take up a lot of space and at 100 lbs each, they are a bit unwieldy, just because of their weight. At least they have handles built into them, so  relatively easy carrying for two people with strong backs.  I may have to change things at some point, but if  I do, I do  have a back up plan,  so it’s all good.

Personal choices

Terri and I chose to live in the safety and quiet of Boulder, while my son Scott and his wife Teresa chose the much livelier city of Denver. They get the nightlife in trade for tolerating the city’s chaos, something Terri and I have less interest in.

All our choices come with baggage. I chose the Infinity IRSV because I wanted one of the best reference loudspeaker systems in the world. But I had to build a custom room and dedicate nearly $100,000 in “stuff” to make it what it is.

You’ve made choices too, like where to place your investment. Conventional audiophile wisdom suggests speakers receive the bulk of funds apportioned to the sound system. Amps and preamps are next, followed by source equipment and cables last.

Where’s the room in all this? How about the AC power from which everything we hear comes from? Afterthoughts?

It’s rare we’re ever in a position to have all the decisions made, roll up our sleeves, and build a system from scratch. Most of us start small and build up over time. What we inevitably wind up with is a patchwork of products that mostly work together.

I have always been an advocate of starting with a solid foundation that begins with the room, then to the AC, building out from there. But it’s not often we have a chance to do that.

Take a look at your system with fresh eyes from time to time and see if the choices you’ve made are the ones you would have made given what you now know.

It might just be time for change.